Excellence in Education

Virginia's education system is the key to our future. If a broader range of our children don't learn to read, think critically and analyze, then the future will indeed be difficult.

Offering a quality education for our students is a major issue with voters in Virginia. As the economy becomes more "technologically complicated" and the world more competitive, it is imperative that our young people be prepared for the realities of the future. With less than 35% of graduating high school seniors receiving a four-year college degree, it is clear that the ability of our K-12 public education system must be improved. And for our colleges and universities it is important that they offer quality and cost efficient education to those who attend our institutions of higher learning. This Center looks at the education system and offers creative alternatives to its current programs and policies based upon the Mission Statement of the Jefferson Institute.

July 2014

Jefferson Journal:  After The OEI
Jefferson Journal: After The OEI — By Chris Braunlich  The recent state court ruling that the Opportunity Educational Institution (OEI) is a violation of the Virginia Constitution leaves thousands of Virginia schoolchildren consigned to schools with decades-long records of failure.  It's a missed opportunity, but one that can and should be corrected next year.  Here's one way.  (7/17/2014)  Read It Here!

June 2014

The Jefferson Journal:  Brown v. Board:  Made In Virginia
The Jefferson Journal: Brown v. Board: Made In Virginia — The 60th anniversary of the historic Brown v. Board decision declaring state laws establishing separate schools for black and white students to be unconstitutional was accompanied by commentaries recognizing the importance of the case -- but few also recognized the pivotal role Virginia played.  For while the case is named Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, KS, the truth is that the case began here ... in Virginia.  (6/10/2014)  Read It Here!

April 2014

The Jefferson Journal:  Getting What Was Asked For
The Jefferson Journal: Getting What Was Asked For — Reform of Virginia's Standards of Learning exams is needed.  But now advocates need to be asking if what they're getting from recent legislation and the competing budget bills is what they really want.  Read It Here!  (4/25/2014)


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